Dr. James Andrews clears Wieters
Update 2 PM EST: good news for Wieters from Dr. J!
Tommy John surgery for a catcher? Possibly. Orioles C Matt Wieters will see noted orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews on Wednesday for an exam on his right elbow, which has experienced soreness (preceded by forearm soreness) for a couple of weeks.
The O's haven't offered many specifics about Wieters' injury, so we might have to wait another day or two for the results - Buck Showalter is apparently hoping that Wieters will be back to Tampa in time for tonight's game. Keep your fingers crossed if you own Wieters.
On to the rest of the news:
Reds OF Billy Hamilton (knuckles) made a pinch-hitting appearance on Tuesday, and is still day to day because he's having trouble swinging the bat. When asked Tuesday about a DL stint for Hamilton, Reds GM Walt Jocketty said, "Not yet. I don't know who we'd replace him with." Stay tuned.
Ernesto Frieri gave up a run in a tie game on Tuesday against the Yankees, and he might not have his closer job back just yet. Apparently, Joe Smith was preparing to close out Monday's win before throwing up, causing the Angels to switch to Frieri. Mike Scioscia still wants Frieri to get the job back, but Monday's circumstances probably weren't the sign that it's already happened.
Streaming starters: Robbie Erlin was pretty good on Tuesday, raising our record to 23-13 for the season. Today's pick is Colby Lewis (owned in 2.2 percent of FOXSports.com leagues) versus the Rockies, while Thursday's selection is Drew Smyly (20.9 percent owned) against the Astros.
Reds' closer Aroldis Chapman gave up five runs in a Tuesday rehab appearance, but he came through it healthy, and is still hoping to return this weekend. If Chapman able to pitch today without incident, prepare to activate him.
Today, Yasiel Puig? Maybe.
Doubleheader alert: The Mariners and A's get their twinbill underway at 3:35 p.m. ET. There are six afternoon games today, so set your lineups early.
See you back here tomorrow morning.